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Explosion that killed Ohio family ruled arson

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NORTHFIELD CENTER, Ohio - Authorities say an explosion that claimed the lives of several people was intentionally set.

The fire and explosion occurred around 8:40 p.m. on Monday in Northfield Center, Ohio.

Neighbors say they tried to rescue the family, but were overwhelmed by smoke before they could reach any of the victims. It took several fire departments to extinguish the fire.

According to WJW, first responders recovered the bodies of two adults and two children.

WKYC spoke to the Northfield Center Township Fire Chief Frank Risko, who said the father was found near the back of the home, while the mother was near the front steps.

"And she was like hovered over," said Chief Risko. "Under her were the two children."

The Summit County Medical Examiner's Office identified the victims as 43-year-old Jeffrey Mather and 43-year-old Cynthia Mather. Neighbors say the children are 8-year-old Ruth and 10-year-old Allison.

Officials say the fire has been ruled arson, but specific details about how the fire started were not released.